Lack of festive spirit shown over market parking charges

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For the past few years my husband and I have enjoyed the Christmas Market at Chatsworth. We look forward to the event.

The stalls, food and atmosphere always inspire the start of our Christmas shopping.

I checked the dates online and noticed that on Friday, Saturday and Sunday the parking charge is a whopping £10!! Whilst on Thursday it is an acceptable £3. (Hooray for the pensioners and the unemployed!)

I called the booking office this morning and was told that £5 of this is redeemable against admission to the house and garden, but only on that same day.

Although the house is magnificent and I have visited many times, I simply don’t want to do both.

In this economy, I feel that this charge only represents one thing, outrageous greed!

The booking office said that Chatsworth were working with the police to alleviate traffic congestion and this charge was a measure to make more people go on Thursday.

So, as an employed person with no holidays left, unless I decide to call in sick on either of the £3 days, my car will certainly not be a bother to the Chatsworth Estate this year!

Mrs Joanne Johnson

Chesterfield